Yara Shahidi nabs Harper’s Bazaar Arabia cover

Yara Shahidi is a well-known teenage activist. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 29 May 2018

Yara Shahidi nabs Harper’s Bazaar Arabia cover

DUBAI: Iranian-American actress and social activist Yara Shahidi has just been unveiled as the cover star of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia’s June issue.
Shahidi, who hails from a highly accomplished family — one of her cousins is the rapper Nas, while another, Anousheh Ansari, was the first Iranian-American astronaut — talks openly about her heritage in the accompanying interview.

REVEALED: June cover star @yarashahidi is a millennial on a mission. Tap the link in the bio to read our interview with the teenage actor and activist who uses her platform to connect communities and foster equality. #HarpersBazaarArabia #YaraShahidi نجمة غلاف شهر يونيو Yara shahidi تتحدث إلى هاربرز بازار عن المساواة والتقريب بين المجتمعات المختلفة. اضغط على الرابط الموجود أعلى صفحتنا لقراءة المزيد عن هذه الشابة الناشطة المثيرة للاهتمام #هاربرز_بازار_العربية #يارا_شهيدي Outfit: @chanelofficial Haute Couture #SS18 Photographer: @taylortupy Stylist: @andreaskokkino at @thewallgroup Hair: @naivashaintl at Exclusive Artists using Oribe Haircare Make-up: @emilychengmakeup Production: Ashumi Sanghvi @mad_prod Arabic calligraphy: @nadkanso

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“Being multicultural, you can’t help but be interested and connected to the world around you,” she told the magazine. “My baba was born in Iran and I come from a beautiful matriarchy on both sides of my family, which I adore.”
The 18-year-old Harvard student wears a series of baby pink Chanel Haute Couture outfits in the captivating photographs.


ICESCO announces prizes in Remote Culture initiative 

Updated 02 April 2020

ICESCO announces prizes in Remote Culture initiative 

  • Remote Culture is part of the “ICESCO Digital Home” initiative launched to support member states' efforts in fighting COVID-19

RIYADH: The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) has announced the creation of three awards for students in three cultural areas as part of its Remote Culture initiative.

The first prize is $6,000, the second is $4,000 and the third is $2,000, in addition to certificates of appreciation, in the fields of short story writing and painting, the organization said.

National committees in member states will communicate with educational institutions to invite students to take part in competitions, and will select three works of each category to be sent to ICESCO by the end of June 2020.

The organization then will form a specialized international jury to choose the best three works in each branch.

The initiative is part of the “ICESCO Digital Home” initiative launched to support member states' efforts in combating the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to find alternative solutions to ensure the sustainability of its educational, scientific and cultural work.

The new ICESCO initiative includes remote training and capacity-building for heritage frameworks, where the organization will be preparing and broadcasting a series of videos through its website as of April 15.

The videos include training programs in physical and intangible heritage, and documentation of cultural heritage using artificial intelligence techniques and risk-, crisis- and disaster-management in heritage sites and museums.

They will also introduce techniques for registering heritage sites on the lists of Islamic world heritage and world heritage, rehabilitating endangered crafts, promoting the general principles of managing museums in the Islamic world and protecting underwater cultural heritage.

The initiative also offers an invitation for remote reading to take advantage of ICESCO's digital libraries and other sites available.